Baby Shower Games, Prizes & Invitations

The baby shower games played at a baby shower are usually one of the most memorable experiences during the pre-baby events. However, to ensure the games are successful there should be some thoughtful party planning. Before starting the games, it's a good idea to go around the room and have everyone introduce themselves and their relationship to the Mommy-to-Be.
Here are some of the more popular games you can play during the party:
Guess Mommy-to-Be's Tummy Size: You will need some string / yarn and scissors for this game. Have each participant pull the yarn to the size they believe would fit perfectly around the Mommy-to-Be's center of her pregnant tulmy. After everyone cuts their string, compare the results to the Mommy-to-Be's actual tummy. Give a prize to the guest who is the closest! This game is an ole favorite and will be enjoyed by all.
Say "Baby": You will need baby safety pins or another type of baby object you can place on a string for each guests at the shower as well as string or yarn, enough for each woman to wear as a necklace. Have each guest place the necklace with the baby safety pins around her neck when she gets to the party. The rules for this game are given at the beginning of the baby shower. Whenever someone says the word "baby" during the shower, any woman who calls it out gets a pin from the other woman who stated the word. At the end of the shower, the woman with the most pins wins a prize.
Naming Baby Items: You will need a pad of paper and pen for each guest. Have each guest write down as many baby products as they can name, such as bottle, blanket, pacifier, etc during a five minute period. This sounds easy, and IS at first, but during last few minutes, the participants will start racking their brains for more baby items. The guest with the most baby products named will win and receive a prize.
Make The Mommy-to-Be's Baby: You will need baby magazines, scissors, glue and paper. Divide the guests into teams with each team having three members, and give each team some baby magazines. Ask each team to cut out pieces of different baby qualities and put together a picture of what they think the Mommy-to-Be's baby will look like. Ask the Mommy-to-Be pick the baby she likes the best. Prizes will go to the winning team. This is another of the most popular games.
Guess The Gerber's: You will need Gerber's infant food, pads of paper and pens. You will need to take the labels off of the baby food jars and have the guests at the baby shower guess the food, i.e. carrots, peas, sweet potato. This game usually has ten different jars or more of different baby food. The winner is the guest with the most correct guesses.
Guess the Number of Safety Pins: You will need a lot of safety pins and a jar. Pass a jar full of baby safety pins around so all the guests can view it. Each guess will then guess the number of safety pins they think are in the jar. The one who guesses the closest wins a baby shower prize. This another game favorite.
Place The Baby On The Mommy-to-Be: You will need cutouts of a baby, tape and blindfolds. This is a version of Pin The Tail on the Donkey, a game kids love to play. Blindfold each guests and give them a paper baby to place the baby as close to the Mommy-to-Be's tummy as possible. The one who gets closest to placing the paper baby on the pregnant tummy wins.
Bottle Races: You will need several baby bottles with milk. Have each guest take a bottle filled with a milk (you may substitute milk for another liquid) and suck the bottle as a baby would. The woman who drinks the most during an allotted time wins the baby shower gift. This is always a laughter filled game.
Baby Bingo: You will need pens and bingo cards. Before opening the gifts, number each gift on the box starting with one. If you know that 35 people will be attending the shower, pre-print bingo cards with numbers 1 through 35 and randomly place them on 35 cards. When the Mommy-to-Be's decides to open the presents, she grabs the present she wants to open and reads the number out loud. As soon as someone receives bingo, they win the game and the prize.
What's the baby item: You will need various baby products and a blindfold. A bag of baby items are placed in front of the Mommy-to-Be for her to take one item out at a time blindfolded and tell the baby shower guests what item she has in her hands. This is really fun baby shower game when you choose some crazy baby toys or products.
Complete the Baby Rhyme: You will need a book containing baby rhymes. The host will read out loud to all the guest a part of the rhyme, which is to be completed by the other women.
How's the Baby: Ask all guests to bring a baby picture of themselves before the shower. Have all the pictures in a collage and draw lines for people to fill in who they think the babies are out of the people at the shower. If most guests don't know each other, just have the pictures of the mother, mother-in-law, sisters, and Mommy-to-Be. See how many people guess right. You can make copies of the baby picture collage to see how many can guess right.
Baby Scrambler: Another fun game is to choose 25 baby related items and scramble the spelling. For instance, pacifier can be changed to reiifpca. Ask the guests to unscramble the words. The one who gets the most right in five minutes receives a prize.
Name that Baby Song: You will need a pad of paper and pen for each guest. Have each guest write down all the songs that have baby in their titles, like baby love, Santa baby, one for my baby and so on. Allow five minutes for this game. This baby shower game can be made more difficult by asking who also wrote the songs.
Dirty Diaper Circle: You will need a diaper, chocolate and music player. Although one of our "dirtiest" games, it is one of the favorites. The host takes a diaper that has been "fixed" with warm chocolate in the right place and have the guests pass it to the person next to them is in a circle. When the host stops the music, whoever is holding the diaper is out of the game.
Pacifier in the baby's mouth: You will need a blindfold, a baby picture and a pacifier drawing for each guest. Tape a picture or drawing of a baby on the wall and have the blindfolded women try to tape the pacifier as close to the mouth of the baby as possible. The one who gets the closest ones.
Blindfold Diapering: You will need a blindfold, baby doll (life size) and diapers. One of the funniest games. It calls for the guests to be divided into teams of up to five people. Each team has a doll, blindfold and diapers. The object is for each participant to place the blindfold on, take the current diaper off the doll and place the new one on while blindfolded. After the first person completes diapering, they run to the next teammate who places the blindfold on and has to do the same. The first team to finish diapering wins!
Baby Tic-Tac-Toe: You will need a large erasable board to use for the tic-tac-toe board, writing utensil, and baby facts. Baby shower guests are divided into teams and are ask to answer a question about a baby fact. If they get the answer right, they get to choose a space, like the classic tic-tac-toe game.
The baby shower games are a very important part of your baby shower. You want to do everything you can to ensure the baby shower games are enjoyed by all and are a huge success. Here's some tips for ensuring your baby shower games are successful:
a. Be sure you have writing utensils for everyone
b. Wrap games prizes
c. Make sure to have extra prizes in case of tie games

Forget the Diapers! Cool Gift Ideas for New Moms

Having a new baby in the house and be exciting and can also be very tiring as well. A new infant often brings many sleepless nights leaving the new parents feeling very exhausted. It's always nice to buy gifts for the newborn baby but people often forget to buy gifts for new moms. The new mother needs attention as well. These gift ideas for a new mom can help her beat any "baby blues" she might be experiencing.
Parenting and baby magazines. If you are looking for a cheap gift idea a parenting magazine is a great idea. A magazine can answer all the new questions she may have about taking care of a new baby. You can get her a one year subscription for $20 or less at This is also a perfect gift for a first time parent.
A gift card to her favorite spa or salon. With all the feeding and changing diapers, new moms need a break. Mothers focus a lot on the baby and need to do something for themselves every once in a while! Give her the gift of relaxation by treating her to a day of pampering. A full body massage, manicure, or a rejuvenating facial can be great treat for the busy mom. You can find spa gift certificates at
Restaurant certificates. The new parent might find it challenging to find time to cook. Help her out by giving her a gift card or certificate to one of her favorite restaurants. Having food delivered one night can help to reduce some of the stress off the new parents. You can find many discounted gift cards at If the food can't be delivered, offer to watch the baby while the parents go out to eat. If you don't want to buy a gift card you can also offer to make dinner for the family.
Certificate to a home cleaning service. When a new baby comes it is easy to get behind on the cleaning and chores of the house. You can prevent the new mom from feeling overwhelmed by getting her a gift certificate to a cleaning service.
Gift certificate for a family portrait. When a new baby is here people always want to see pictures. Usually the new parents will take their own pictures but some people prefer to have baby pictures professionally done. Give them a gift certificate to have their family portrait done by a professional.